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Call to Action - Contact Congress to Fund Social Studies!

  • 1.  Call to Action - Contact Congress to Fund Social Studies!

    Posted 07-12-2012 02:52:00 PM
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    Dear Colleagues--FINALLY, there will be a markup of the Labor HHS Bill next Wednesday, July 18th, providing us with another opportunity to request funding for competitive grants for civics through Fund for the Improvement of Education (FIE).  This is how Arts received their funding for competitive grants in this funding cycle.

    Time is short, but, fortunately, it is relatively quick and painless to urge your Representative to support civic learning.   Please take five minutes to:

    1)  Go to www.House.gov and enter your zip code in the box to find your Representative.
    2) Call the DC office at the number provided (or call 202-225-3121 and ask the operator to connect you), and ask to speak to the legislative assistant who handles education.
    3) When you talk to the legislative assistant, or leave a message, identify yourself as a constituent.
    4) Ask that your Representative support civic education by :
    - urging Appropriations Committee Chairman Rehberg to include funding for competitive grants for civic education in the FY 2013 appropriations bill, in the Fund for the Improvement of Education (FIE).

    It us up to us to ensure that students are gaining the critical skills and knowledge required to be informed citizens in our deliberative democracy .The window of opportunity is small, but if we generate a high volume of contacts and make it clear that funding for civic learning is a high priority, we can still make our voices heard.

    Please pass this along to your contacts and participants in your programs and please contact your House Member as soon as possible!

    Civic education is essential for preparing our students for college, career, and civic life!

    Thank you,

    Susan Griffin and Michelle Herczog

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    Michelle Herczog
    Consultant III, History-Social Science
    Los Angeles County Office of Education
    CULVER CITY CA


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